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Cleanup from windstorm just getting started for Utah tree removal companies

Posted at 10:26 PM, Sep 08, 2020

Much of the damage from the intense windstorm Monday night and Tuesday morning came in the form of fallen trees, which crashed onto houses, cars, across power lines and roads in Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties.

The havoc wreaked by the wind was immediately apparent everywhere in cities like Bountiful, Centerville, Kaysville and South Ogden.

Trees fell every which way. Power lines toppled onto roads and homes. Roofs lifted off buildings. And businesses ended up with pretty serious damage.

"You drive around, and you can tell — everyone's got the exact same emergency and same problems going on," said Bountiful resident Jeremy Lloyd.

Lloyd's emergency: One of his trees tumbled over onto his neighbor's home. He watched it fall as a few words flashed into his head.

"I probably shouldn't say what went through my mind," Lloyd said, with a chuckle. "But I was just worried about my neighbors. They got a couple of little kids."

He said his neighbors were okay, but the home was damaged on the roof.

The downed tree kept companies like Wild Bill Tree Service busier than ever.

As Cade Dillree interviewed with FOX 13 Tuesday afternoon, his phone range over and over.

"That's my phone ringing again," he said, grabbing the cell from his pocket. "Hello, this is Cade."

Dillree tried to keep up with all the calls, which he said started at 6 a.m. He said he returned about 40 to 50 calls.

His company showed up to more than a dozen homes to give estimates and remove trees.

"We had one that we took right out of the front room this morning," Dillree said. "We a had a couple squashed cars, a lot of blocked driveways, stuff like that."

He said they are now booked weeks out.

While Dillree dealt with the busy backlog, businesses like BC Timbers jumped in for free.

Owner Anthon Burbidge said an employee brought up the idea of helping people out for the day.

"We loaded up, got the saws ready, and we just went out to help people," Burbidge said. "Mainly the ones that couldn't move stuff for themselves."

He said they helped several senior citizens. Burbidge said they recycle the main part of the tree at their company mill — making this a win-win for everyone.

But as word started to spread of his free services, calls and texts poured in.

Tuesday afternoon, Burbidge's phone had more than 900 unread texts.

"I got like 1,000 texts," he said. "And I want to get all these people, but it's like, we can only do what we can do."

Just like with Wild Bill, the response is overwhelming. So, Burbidge said they focused on one house at a time.

Undoing the wind's wrath, everywhere they turn.